About Michigan Assocciation on Problem Gambling (MAPG)
The Michigan Association on Problem Gambling (MAPG) is a non-profit corporation recognized by the IRS with a 501 (c) (3) charitable designation. It is funded by membership fees, donations and grants and is governed by a Board of Directors that volunteers its services to fulfill the mission and the goals of the organization.
This organization is open to professionals, community people, students, and representatives from the State gaming industry Native American Tribe Casino representative, Michigan lottery, horse racing and other professional members as approved by the Board. Gamblers in recovery and their partners are also welcome as members.
MAPG is the Michigan affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling. We take a neutral stand on gambling. We are an organization to help gamblers and their family members by presenting prevention and recovery information. Board members are willing to speak to service clubs, churches, adult groups, schools, news media and government agencies for the purpose of education and referral to services. Call 1-517-548-1407 or e-mail Mike Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangement for a speaker.
We refer those seeking help to the Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-270-7117.
MAPG’s success depends upon the involvement of its members and others who recognize that problem gambling is a public health issue. Anyone can become a member and participate in MAPG programs by filling out the membership application and mailing the application and membership fee to Mike Burke, 1330 W. Grand River, Howell, MI 48843.
“MAPG BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS AND ACTIVE MEMBERS”
(March 1, 2015)
PRESIDENT: David Ledgerwood*, PhD
Wayne State University School of Medicine
3901 Chrysler Dr. Ste 2A Detroit, MI 48201
VICE PRESIDENT: Michael Mooney, Choices Counseling Center
13428 Brainbridge, Warren, MI 48089
SECRETARY: Richard Riggs*, MA, CAADC, NCGC
Henry Ford Maplegrove Center
6773 West Maple Rd. West Bloomfield, MI 48322
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Burke, Member of MAPG and MAADAC
1330 W. Grand River, Howell, MI 48843
AFFILIATE ALTERNATE REPRESENTATIVE TO NCPG: Denise Phillips*, MSW, ACSW, LMSW, CAADC, NCGC-II, BACC
409 Plymouth Road Ste 140, Plymouth, MI, 48170
Phone 313-580-0362 FAX 734-720-9525
AFFILIATE ALTERNATE REPRESENTATIVE TO NCPG:
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
Tim Otteman, Ed.D. Faculty / Sports Gambling Consultant
Central Michigan University, Finch 108A Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
(989) 774-7312 (office) (989) 621-2238 (cell)
Michael Burke, Member of MAPG and MAADAC
1330 W. Grand River, Howell, MI 48843
Barbara Emmott, MA, LPC, CCS-M
Munson Healthcare Behavioral Health Services
1105 Sixth St. Traverse City, MI 49684-2386
Beverly Harris, Ph.D., LPC, SAP, NCGC
220 Bagley Street, Ste. 238, Detroit, MI 48226
Len McCulloch, DAPA, NCGC, CAAC, CBIS, MiLtdLP, LSW, NCP
24477 Buchanan Ct. #1887 Farmington Hills, Mi. 48335
Joseph Rainey, LMSW, ICAAC
3340 Hospital Rd. Saginaw, MI 48608-6280
Joel Cohen, PhD, NCGC
Northwest Counseling and Psychotherapy Center
30375 Northwestern Hwy. Ste 200 Farmington Hills, MI 48334,
Melinda Henderson, Ph.D
4134 Tanglewood Court, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
NSO, Community Network Services
2032 Lancaster, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
Amy Miller, LMSW, CADC, R-CCS
Therapy Today Counseling & Consulting
4572 S. Hagadorn East Lansing, MI 48823
Gerald Brooks, LLMSW, CAADC, CSOTS
Beacon Specialized Living Services
121 Engle Way, Hartford, MI 49057
Marsha A. Devlin, UDM Grad Student
Livonia MI 48154
Brenda Markert-Green, DMFT, LMFT
Membership date: 9/17/2013
Patrick Witri, MA, LLP, CAADC, NCGC II
455 Cherry St. SE, Suite 0. Grand Rapids, MI 49503
5651 Bunker Rd. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
*Members of Board of Directors
Gun Lake Casino
Rob Savaglio, Director of Finance. Membership date: 05/2011
1123 129th Ave., Wayland, MI 49348-9542
FireKeepers Casino Hotel, Membership date: 4/12/13
MARK SMIT, B.A. M.A. PHR Training Manager
11177 Michigan Ave. Battle Creek, MI 49014
The Michigan Lottery, 101 East Hillsdale St. Lansing, MI 48933
MAPG Message from the President
A new reality in the gambling world
I am often asked why some people develop gambling problems. My stock answer is “a lot of reasons” followed by a long list. Rarely am I asked the question “why don’t problem gamblers seek treatment?” In this regard, the problem gambling field faces a crisis. Our best estimates are that about 1 out of 10 problem gamblers ever seek treatment. Thus, 90% of gamblers continue to struggle with this addiction without the benefit of professional (or 12-step) help. We know that problem gambling treatments work for those who use them, so what is the problem? The biggest issue in my mind is that we have failed as a field to utilize all of the resources that are available to us. By resources, I mean partnerships among all of the stakeholders in the problem gambling field.
There are many stakeholders in the effort to improve treatment services for people with gambling problems. These include, but are not limited to, state agencies, treatment providers, academics and members of the gaming industry. But most important among these stakeholders are problem gamblers and their families, who have the deepest first-hand understanding of this addiction. It is our primary mission to bring these important stakeholders together to establish a dialogue and to ensure that we are incorporating all perspectives when it comes to helping problem gamblers and their families.
We are the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling (MAPG), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation organized in 2003 for the purpose to helping individuals who develop problems related to their gambling. MAPG is the Michigan Affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling. We take a neutral stance on gambling/gaming in Michigan. MAPG is committed to providing education on how to keep gambling a recreation, providing resources for those who gamble more than they can afford, and advocating for services for those who develop a gambling disorder.
According to the most recent State of Michigan Prevalence report, approximately 100,000 people in the state have struggled with gambling disorder. We will only reach these individuals if we use all of our partnerships wisely. This is the new reality in the problem gambling field, and it is incumbent on us to ensure that the doors of MAPG are open to all stakeholders in the State of Michigan.